[Textures] Contemplations: Religion, Myth & History

How does a poet or fictionist engage with history, myth or religion to create a great literary work? What of the author’s own belief or spirituality — how is that navigated along with art creation? What are the challenges and highlights of such intriguing work? Poet Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé facilitates this illuminating panel discussion, featuring eminent authors Gwee Li Sui, Krishna Udayasankar, and Nuraliah Norasid. The first twenty participants each receives a complimentary journal with a limited-edition broadside.

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, five hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than twenty books and co-produced three audio books. He received his world religions masters from Harvard University and creative writing masters from the University of Notre Dame. Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.

Gwee Li Sui
Gwee Li Sui likes to write, draw, and lecture. His published works include the groundbreaking graphic novel Myth of the Stone (1993); six acclaimed poetry books, the latest being Death Wish (2017); and bestselling non-fiction titles such as Spiaking Singlish: A Companion to How Singaporeans Communicate (2017). Gwee received his doctorate from Queen Mary, University of London. A familiar name in Singapore’s literary scene, he has written and lectured on a range of subjects. He also edited Sharing Borders: Studies in Contemporary Singaporean-Malaysian Literature II (2009), Telltale: Eleven Stories (2010), and Man/Born/Free: Writings on the Human Spirit from Singapore (2011).

Krishna Udayasankar
Krishna Udayasankar is the author of the bestselling series, The Aryavarta Chronicles (Govinda, Kaurava and Kurukshetra). Her latest novel, Immortal, was optioned in one of the biggest book-to-movie deals in Bollywood. She is also the author of 3, a novel on the founding of Singapore; and Objects of Affection, a poetry collection. She is an editor of Body Boundaries: The Etiquette Anthology of Women’s Writing. Holding a PhD in Strategic Management, Krishna has two textbooks to her credit: International Business: An Asian Perspective (McGraw-Hill, 2015) and Global Business Today (McGraw-Hill, 2014). Her next book is Beast, forthcoming from Penguin-Random House.

Nuraliah Binte Norasid
Nuraliah Binte Norasid is the winner of the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize, for her debut novel, The Gatekeeper. She holds a day job as a research associate, conducting studies on socio-religious and cultural issues. She graduated with a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from Nanyang Technological University, her thesis examining the creative use of writing in highlighting issues such as marginality, isolation and socio-historical trauma. Her writing has been published in QLRS, Karyawan Magazine, Moving Worlds: Journal of Transcultural Writing, and Perempuan: Muslim Women Speak Out.

This programme is a part of Textures 2019, click here for the full festival line-up.

About Textures - A Weekend With Words
7 - 10 Mar, Thu - Sun

Textures - A Weekend With Words returns for its sophomore edition at The Arts House after a successful inaugural run in 2018! The 2019 edition will see the festival take on the theme of “Love and Loss (and some things in between)”. From performances to exhibitions, talks and panels to workshops, Textures will feature your favourite Sing Lit authors, and those you have yet to discover, in a variety of activities.
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Sat Mar 9, 2019
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